regional neurosurgeon donates $ 5 million to YSU | News, Sports, Jobs
YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University “We see tomorrow” fundraising campaign received a donation of $ 5 million.
“The community has been great with us, so I wanted to give something back to the community”, Chander M. Kohli, longtime neurosurgeon and former YSU board chairman, said.
The donation from Kohli and his wife, Karen, is the largest donation in the university’s 113-year history.
At a press conference Monday at YSU’s new Training Center of Excellence, Kohli and his wife were on hand to see the ETC renamed Kohli Hall.
“Chander and Karen are loyal and generous supporters of the YSU community, donating their time and talents, as well as their treasure. This historic gift and the name of the building that houses our new training center of excellence ensure that the Kohlis’ legacy will live on forever ”, YSU President Jim Tressel said in a statement.
“It’s a great day for our YSU family, our community, our Eastern Gateway Community College and all of our youth to see what their future holds. “ he said.
Thanks to this donation, the $ 12.1 million, 54,000 square foot building located at Commerce Street and Fifth Avenue on the YSU campus will benefit from technology upgrades and integration, procurement and maintenance. equipment, building expansion and renovation and money for program initiatives.
In addition, the donation will fund 19 classrooms of the future, including two at Kohli Hall, in memory of the couple’s late son, Aneal Mohan Kohli, who loved technology.
“We are honored to have the memory of our son living in these high-tech classrooms”, says Karen Kohli.
The Training Center of Excellence project started in 2015 and has grown into a hub of cutting-edge innovation, education and research that provides access to a wide range of cutting-edge manufacturing and education programs. The facility will also provide users with opportunities to work with partners and industry leaders, as well as exposure to high-tech career opportunities, university officials said.
Specifically, Kohli Hall offers courses in commercial printing, additive manufacturing, and hydraulic maintenance. It also houses an automation and robotics lab and design lab, as well as a CNC manual machining lab shared by Eastern Gateway Community College.
“They can get an AA (associate’s degree) in machining”, Carl Kovach, EGCC machining instructor, said.
Perhaps more importantly, the facility will provide students with what they need to make a difference in the world of manufacturing, said Karen Kohli.
“It’s unlimited what they can do here,” she added.
Before borrowing a small amount of money and coming to the United States in 1966, Chander Kohli graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. After arriving, Kohli completed a rotational internship and one-year residency at Elyria Memorial Hospital in Elyria before coming to Youngstown in 1972 and establishing a private neurosurgery practice.
Remarks from Monday’s press conference also came from Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation, and David Sipusic, Executive Director of Kohli Hall.